In battle of state champs, Hartland shuts out Brighton, 4-0
Brett Tome made 20 saves for his fifth shutout of the season in Hartland’s 4-0 victory over rival Brighton Wednesday night at the Hartland Sports Center.
It was the Eagles’ seventh consecutive win over the Bulldogs.
Hartland is ranked No. 2 in the Super 10 and No. 1 in Division 2. Brighton is No. 4 in Division 1.
Both teams are former state champions. Hartland won the Division 2 state championship last season, and Brighton has won the past two Division 1 state titles.
“It’s always a fun, energetic game,” Eagles senior Brenden Tulpa told the Livingston Daily. “We all bring out a lot of students. It’s the best game of the year every year.”
Tulpa scored the game’s first goal, 13 seconds into the second period. Chet L’Esperance made it 2-0 just 31 seconds later.
“I thought we outplayed them in the first period, but giving up two in less than a minute was a big part of the story,” Bulldogs coach Paul Moggach said. “They capitalized in the second period, kept going, got that third one, then the fourth one late. You don’t win many hockey games when you don’t score a goal.”
Grant Biggs and Owen Pietila also scored.
Brighton’s best scoring chance of the night came with 5:50 left in the second when Logan Mitchell carried the puck into the zone on a two-on-none breakaway. Mitchell got off two shots, both of which were stopped by Tome.
“I didn’t want to give them any energy to possible create more scoring opportunities,” Tome said. “That was a big save in the game to keep the score down. I was thinking he was going to pass it over. Then I saw him open up, and I knew he was going to shoot it.”